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Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

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William of Ockham was an English monk, philosopher, theologian, who provided the scientific method with its key principle 700 years ago. 'What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more,' he said. That is, in explaining any phenomenon, we should use no more explanatory concepts than are absolutely necessary. Simplicity should never be despised. Thoughtful people have their say, without interruption, on important science-related topics.

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Dr Allen Kerr

January 21st, 2017

The first ever winner of the Prime Minister's Science Price, Dr. Allen Kerr, helped to launch GM crops around the world, showing how tenacity could result in success. Here he talks about how to remove cancers from fruit trees.

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Science literacy in Parliament

January 14th, 2017

When politics emerges from a long summer, with a new American President about to be installed, and countless challenges to be faced with scientific ingredients, will our parliament be equipped accordingly?

We continue the story about the essentials of wool quality and measurement—where look and feel are paramount—and a quest to recreate a fleece which had once beguiled a young boy. Today, has science been able to make any improvements on a mythic fleece?

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Creating an exquisite wool: Pt. 1

December 31st, 2016

A story about the essentials of wool quality—where look and feel are paramount—and a quest to recreate a fleece which had once beguiled a young boy at the Perth Royal Show.